PALM BEACH At A Glance
The place where Sydney’s top wheelers and dealers come to play, Palm Beach is all about sun-loving days on the glistening waters of Pittwater on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. The epitome of Australian beach life that folks from far-off places can only dream about, ‘Palmy’ is as much a weekend getaway as it is a place to call home.
Sun loving days on the water.
Snapperman Beach is great for picnics and Ettalong Beach and Patonga are an easy day trip across the water.
North Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club is the set for hit TV series Home and Away.
Locally referred to as ‘Palmy’, this peninsula has great natural beauty – outdoor living is a way of life.
Easily accessible by seaplane, this is where Sydney’s elite come to play. On land, it’s all about golfing, hiking and fine dining. Take to the water and the word exploring takes on a whole new meaning.
Surfers and playful children converge on the 2 km stretch of Palm Beach, with rolling waves attracting surfers at the northern end and the ocean pool drawing families to the southern end.
Boating enthusiasts can launch their vessels on the calm waters of Pittwater. Day trippers can travel to Coasters Retreat, Great Mackerel Beach, Ettalong or Patonga by ferry or private vessel.
Sitting at the tip of the peninsula is Barrenjoey Headland – part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Walking trails lead up to the iconic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and lightkeeper cottages. The sandstone boulders attract rock climbers – after their exertions they can take to the waters to cool off.
Palm Beach is a neighbourhood with an unbeatable outdoor lifestyle that has a way of drawing you in.
Palm Beach has a mix of those who permanently reside here enjoying the natural surrounds year round, and those who use their place as a weekender. Either way, affluent executives and Sydney’s A-listers call this place home.
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Explore PALM BEACH
Framed by lush greenery and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Palm Beach is renowned for being both the setting of TV series, Home and Away and a sandy stretch that has great surfing waves at one end and a calmer ocean pool at the other.
Forming part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Barrenjoey Head is at the tip of the peninsula. It has heart-thumping steep paths leading to a working lighthouse, which is one of the best places to spot whales during migration season.
The best way to experience this natural playground is by boat. Cruise the waters or catch a ferry across to popular picnic and camping spots – Ettalong, Patonga, Coasters Retreat or Great Mackerel Beach.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the water – dive, paddle or surf to name just three. Don’t have your own equipment? Not a problem, there are plenty of places where you can hire equipment for the day.
WINE & DINE
Palm Beach has its fair share of dining options. The Boathouse and Barrenjoey House are popular places to linger for a while with friends.
Palm Beach is both a weekend getaway and a place to call home for affluent Sydneysiders. Modest cottages and grand estates that have been in the area since early settlement have been built out of local sandstone. More recently, cutting-edge architecture has been nuzzling its way in.